Public Relations Program

Program
USC Public Relations students may spend a spring semester at the University of Westminster in London.  First established as the Royal Polytechnic Institution in 1838 in central London, the University of Westminster provides students the opportunity to study in the heart of one of the world's truly great cities of commerce, culture, and learning.

The program runs early-January to late May; please note that this program is only offered in the spring.  Final program dates will be provided to students once determined.

Location
The University of Westminster has three sites situated in the West End of London and one in the northwest London borough of Harrow.  Each site has a dedicated set of subjects and is a bustling center of learning with its own individual character.  The Regent site is the historic center of the University and houses lectures for Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology, Sociology, History, and Political Science) and Languages (including English Language and Literature).  The Marylebone Road site is home to the University's Central London Business School, and the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.  The Cavendish site is the University's Science campus where subjects include Biosciences, Electronic Engineering, and more.  The Harrow site is home to the University's School of Media, Arts and Design, which includes Public Relations.

Curriculum
Public Relations majors will earn a total of 16 units: 8 upper-division journalism elective units (two four-unit PR courses) and eight elective units.  Public relations courses will be offered at the Harrow campus and all other courses will be offered at the other three central London campuses. Over 500 courses are offered at the University of Westminster.

All students take three courses (their 1st PR course + two elective courses) for the duration of the entire semester at the University of Westminster.  Once classes end in April, all students will be required to take a special four-unit PR course (JOUR 499, created for USC Annenberg) during Westminster's Spring Vacation (the month of April).  JOUR 499 will be taught at the ACCENT London Centre.  The final exam period for the three Westminster courses will begin after the special four-unit PR course concludes.

Student Life & Activities
Students will have access to University of Westminster student services and events at all four campuses as well as events for international students, including clubs and societies at the University of Westminster Student Union.  With approximately 23,000 students from 132 countries, opportunities to integrate into the local scene are plentiful. 

Housing
Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in central London and a short commute/walk from the ACCENT Centre and the central University of Westminster campuses.  Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen, shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and a common living/dining area.

All bedlinens, bath linens, and kitchenware will be supplied to the students in their London flats.

Admission Requirements
Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and must study abroad in their second semester of Junior year. (Seniors must discuss this option with their academic advisor and International Programs staff.)  Students must have completed JOUR 209 (formerly JOUR 202/203), JOUR 250 (formerly JOUR 350) and 351A.

SJACS/COMPETITIVE APPLICATION CYCLE WARNING:
During competitive application cycles (when Annenberg International Programs receives more applications than the number of spots in a study abroad program), all factors that negatively impact applications will be taken into consideration when evaluating students for admission.  Please click here to read more information about competitive application cycles and factors for possible disqualification.

Estimated Costs
Each semester Annenberg International Programs provides an up-to-date cost sheet to admitted students; if there are any changes from the time students are admitted to a program to the time they leave for a study abroad semester, updated cost sheets will be sent to the students.  Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Spring 2017. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

  • Tuition: $24,732 (will change for Academic Year 16-17)
  • Housing: $7,900
  • USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $1,102
  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,200
  • Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,000
  • Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $332
    TOTAL: $42,266

Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required on all USC-approved study abroad programs. If a student is already enrolled in USC (domestic) Health Insurance there will be no additional charge for USC Overseas Health Insurance; students will be charged the domestic, on-campus rate (noted above). If a student is normally covered otherwise and waives out of USC Health Insurance on campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $92/month.